About ten hours after a major gas explosion in the Dutch city of The Hague, a fourth victim has been recovered from the rubble of a residential building this night.
The 28-year-old man was rescued after the fire department used a crane to pull it out from under a collapsed ceiling. Presumably it was a gas explosion, said a spokesman for the fire department. In total, ten people were injured, eight of whom were taken to hospitals.
Hours before the dramatic rescue of what was probably the last casualty, three other people had been recovered from the rubble. No information was given about her condition.
The helpers had sent a radio dog to the 28-year-old with a rescue dog, with whom they kept in contact with the victim. The salvage work was difficult because the house was in danger of collapse. The entire front had collapsed and partially crashed into two parked in front of the house cars. There were fragments of glass in the area around the scene of the accident: numerous windows had been broken.
A total of 20 houses around the collapsed building were temporarily closed due to damage. The mayor of The Hague, Pauline Krikke, spoke of a „terrible calamity“ and promised the victims quick help.